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2016 Masters of the Macabre – Who Will Become The Master? LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Posted in News on May 1, 2016 by Stacy Rich

We all know and love them. We’ve been obsessed all our lives and can’t get enough of them. As children they frightened us to death. Every country, region, and town has their own urban legends and we’re featuring the best from all over the world to frighten the bejeezus out of you.

Master of the Macabre Challenge 2016 is now open for registration! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER!

Who Will Become THE MASTER 2016?

THEME: This year’s theme is “Twisted Urban Legends.”

 

With the outstanding success and quality we had in last year’s challenges, we are continuing the audiodrama as part of the challenge. This year we’re pushing the challenge to the next level by asking participants to write an audiodrama revolving around one of the urban legends.

The key is to take the urban legend and give it new slant and make it twisted.  Remember the couple making out in the woods? Perhaps it’s no longer the boyfriend’s sneaker squeaking on the roof of the car, but the shoes are the girl’s father’s who followed the young couple into the woods.  Take the legends we love and twist them up a bit to create surprise endings for your audience.

It’s all up to you!

This year’s hostess with the mostest is Killion Slade and she’ll be randomly assigning the following to each contestant.

*An urban legend

*A setting

*An obscure item

And every audio must include:

*At least two different reader voices in their production.

 

To register now, fill out the registration form here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPFPZ6D

You will receive your specialized contest items and being to create a fantastical, horror-filled, terrifying audiodrama for the listeners of HorrorAddicts.net to enjoy.

DEADLINE: Sign up by May 1st, 2016. The sooner you sign up, the more time you have to prepare.

*Note: The Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and the Master of Macabre Contest share a theme this year “Twisted Urban Legends Audiodrama”, but they will still be aired and judged separately.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FURTHER DETAILS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SPECS:

As a contestant, you will write and record a horror story, fitting the theme and incorporating your extra elements. The style should be decidedly audiodrama, meaning music, sound effects, and two or more voices should be incorporated.

Audio mp3 and text will be due to horroraddictscontest@gmail.com by June 4th, 2016, 11:59 pm PST. Contestants will then be narrowed down to 5 semi-finalists. Those 5 authors will go on to compete for the final prize of being “The Master of The Macabre 2016”.

The audio can be no longer than 10 minutes. This is strictly adhered to.

The text can be no longer than 3000 words, but may be submitted either in story or script format. Usually 1000 words=10 mins, we are giving you 2000 extra words for stage direction.

You may have someone else record your story for you, but it must still include 2 voices and none of the HorrorAddicts.net staff or previous winners may help you.

You may not compete if you have won the “Master of Macabre” or “Most Wicked” awards before. You CAN compete if you have submitted in the past but did not win the final award.

HOW ARE THE VOTES SET UP? There will be a 3-part voting system.

1/3 of the vote will still be the voters emailing in.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on podcast quality and will be judged by seasoned podcasters.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on writing quality and will be judged by seasoned writers.

These 3 sections will be added together for a final score

The winner will be honored with the coveted title, “Master of the Macabre 2016”.

Dates to know in 2016:

May 1st – Registration closes

June 4th – Audio and text are due.

July 9th – finalists will be announced

July 23rd – Audio airs (text will begin posting near this date)

July 23rd – Voting starts

August 20th – Voting ends

September 17th – Winners will be announced on the HorrorAddicts.net show.

Got QUESTIONS?

Questions should be addressed to Killion Slade at: horroraddictscontest@gmail.com with the subject MM 2016 CONTEST QUESTION.

How Do I Enter?

1) Please click on the survey monkey link and it will take you to a page to fill your information.  This signs you up for the contest and we can provide your writing prompts for your audio drama.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPFPZ6D

2) Please go the Master of the Macabre Facebook Group and ask to join.  Here is where Killion will conduct most of the communication with the contestants.

And that’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you and find out if YOU will become THE MASTER 2016!

 

 

 

Nightmare Fuel: Centralia, PA

Posted in News on May 1, 2016 by Donald "D.J." Pitsiladis

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Hello Addicts,

This week we visit the real life town that inspired the 2006 movie Silent Hill… Centralia, PA.

Located in coal mining country of eastern Pennsylvania, the town once boasted a population of a thousand people in 1981, but now has been all but abandoned with a population of ten.  The reason for this is a fire that has been burning beneath the town since 1962.  No one knows the exact cause of the fire, although some of the theories circulate around a fire starting at the city landfill that spread into the mines along a vein of anthracite coal.  As the years went on, the fire spread closer to the town, with telltale signs of smoke and steam rising from the ground.  No matter what methods were used to cut off the fire or stop it in its tracks, nothing worked.  Eventually, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, amongst other gaseous byproducts, were being detected in the residents’ homes. Sinkholes also began to appear. It is these elements that were included in the movie adaptation of the popular game series.

Today, the town is all but abandoned, with most of its residents having long ago relocated to other areas.  Those who remain are determined to stay until their dying day.  Centralia itself still exists as long as the townspeople who refused to relocate still live, as per a court order.  Eventually, the town will be a memory, but one that has a creepy vibe about it when the steam and fog rolls on in.

Until next time Addicts,

D.J. Pitsiladis

 

 

Once Upon a Scream Book Tour

Posted in News on April 30, 2016 by Emerian Rich

OnceUponAScreamFrontBy now you’ve heard of our new book,

 Once Upon a Scream.

You haven’t?

Well, well…we have some catching up to do!

All during May we will have activities and opportunities for you to find out more about the book, the authors involved, and to win prizes.

Here are some of the highlights!

*Interviews with the authors on HorrorAddicts.net

*Facebook Release Party, May 13th, 7-9pm PST.

*Live Tweet, May 20th, 7-8pm PST

*BayCon Convention Party, May 28th

*Author blog tour:

May 5th, Emerian Rich
May 6th, Dan Shaurette
May 8th, David Watson
May 10th, Adam Bealby
May 11th, Alison McBain
May 14th, Shannon Lawrence
May 15th, Krystle Wallis
May 17th, Nickie Jamison
May 19th, Laurel Anne Hill 
May 21st, Chantal Boudreau 
May 23rd, DJ Tyrer
May 25th, J Malcom Stewart
May 27th, Melissa Duzguner

*Second Life Party coming in June, 2016

Join in the fun and attend the parties to be entered in to win prizes!

Come SCREAM with us!

David’s Haunted Library: Obfuscate

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2016 by David Watson

David's Haunted Library

 

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You might think that Cheyenne O’ Cuinn has an easy life but nothing can be further from the truth. She may be beautiful, have a successful career as a computer programmer and her own virtual reality game that she designed but she is also a vampire. Not too long ago she found out that mythological creatures were real and many of them were playing her game, ExsanguiNation. Since she found this out, her life has changed drastically and now she has three tasks ahead of her.

She has to Rescue her sister from cannibalistic vampires, eliminate the villain who threatens her family and hunt down the man who tried to kill her. You think you have it rough? Think again.   Luckily she’s not alone, she has a vampire, a werewolf and a dragon along to help her. This may seem like a situation out of her video game but the threat is real and she can’t get a do over if she fails.

Obfuscate by Killion Slade is like a supernatural pulp fiction monster mash-up on steroids. Dragons, vampires, werewolves, wendigos, black-eyed children and merfolk, Obfuscate has all these and more. This is the second book in the World Of Blood series but it does work as a stand alone novel. When you start to read this book, the best thing to do is to just sit back and enjoy the ride. The story moves along at a frantic pace and goes back and forth from being scary and serious to being ridiculous and bizarre. Which is a good combination to have in an action packed story. One scene towards the beginning of the book was a total surprise to me.

What I liked most about the book is the amount of mythical creatures that are in it and are presented as real. There is one scene in a hospital where a character describes the island where a rescue attempt took place as Lord Of The Rings because of all the trolls and elves on it. The fact that you know that anything is possible in Obfuscate makes it a more entertaining read. Another thing I liked was that all the main characters were a different creature, they all take on human forms at different times and they all work well together. I think it would be fun to see a stand alone story with Torchy the dragon. World Of Blood is a universe where lots of good stories can be told. Also on a smaller note I liked that this book has a reference section at the end that lists songs, videos, movies and places that inspired the book.

Obfuscate has a little bit of everything: “Romance, action and more mythological creatures then I’ve seen in any other novel, this is one fun thrill ride. I loved how it opens on an island of cannibalistic vampires and goes to several other locations before it’s done. Obfuscate is like a video game in book form. This book isn’t meant to make you think, its meant to be a fun read and it is just that.It’s a lot of fun with some memorable characters thrown in and I’m already looking forward to the next installment in this series.

Through Doll’s Eyes by Jesse Orr

Posted in horror, News with tags , , , on April 29, 2016 by Jesse Razorr

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2016 Masters of the Macabre – Who Will Become The Master?

Posted in News with tags on April 29, 2016 by killionslade

We all know and love them. We’ve been obsessed all our lives and can’t get enough of them. As children they frightened us to death. Every country, region, and town has their own urban legends and we’re featuring the best from all over the world to frighten the bejeezus out of you.

Master of the Macabre Challenge 2016 is now open for registration!

Who Will Become THE MASTER 2016?

THEME: This year’s theme is “Twisted Urban Legends.”

 

With the outstanding success and quality we had in last year’s challenges, we are continuing the audiodrama as part of the challenge. This year we’re pushing the challenge to the next level by asking participants to write an audiodrama revolving around one of the urban legends.

The key is to take the urban legend and give it new slant and make it twisted.  Remember the couple making out in the woods? Perhaps it’s no longer the boyfriend’s sneaker squeaking on the roof of the car, but the shoes are the girl’s father’s who followed the young couple into the woods.  Take the legends we love and twist them up a bit to create surprise endings for your audience.

It’s all up to you!

This year’s hostess with the mostest is Killion Slade and she’ll be randomly assigning the following to each contestant.

*An urban legend

*A setting

*An obscure item

And every audio must include:

*At least two different reader voices in their production.

 

To register now, fill out the registration form here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPFPZ6D

You will receive your specialized contest items and being to create a fantastical, horror-filled, terrifying audiodrama for the listeners of HorrorAddicts.net to enjoy.

DEADLINE: Sign up by May 1st, 2016. The sooner you sign up, the more time you have to prepare.

*Note: The Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and the Master of Macabre Contest share a theme this year “Twisted Urban Legends Audiodrama”, but they will still be aired and judged separately.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FURTHER DETAILS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SPECS:

As a contestant, you will write and record a horror story, fitting the theme and incorporating your extra elements. The style should be decidedly audiodrama, meaning music, sound effects, and two or more voices should be incorporated.

Audio mp3 and text will be due to horroraddictscontest@gmail.com by June 4th, 2016, 11:59 pm PST. Contestants will then be narrowed down to 5 semi-finalists. Those 5 authors will go on to compete for the final prize of being “The Master of The Macabre 2016”.

The audio can be no longer than 10 minutes. This is strictly adhered to.

The text can be no longer than 3000 words, but may be submitted either in story or script format. Usually 1000 words=10 mins, we are giving you 2000 extra words for stage direction.

You may have someone else record your story for you, but it must still include 2 voices and none of the HorrorAddicts.net staff or previous winners may help you.

You may not compete if you have won the “Master of Macabre” or “Most Wicked” awards before. You CAN compete if you have submitted in the past but did not win the final award.

HOW ARE THE VOTES SET UP? There will be a 3-part voting system.

1/3 of the vote will still be the voters emailing in.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on podcast quality and will be judged by seasoned podcasters.

1/3 of the vote will be judged on writing quality and will be judged by seasoned writers.

These 3 sections will be added together for a final score

The winner will be honored with the coveted title, “Master of the Macabre 2016”.

Dates to know in 2016:

May 1st – Registration closes

June 4th – Audio and text are due.

July 9th – finalists will be announced

July 23rd – Audio airs (text will begin posting near this date)

July 23rd – Voting starts

August 20th – Voting ends

September 17th – Winners will be announced on the HorrorAddicts.net show.

Got QUESTIONS?

Questions should be addressed to Killion Slade at: horroraddictscontest@gmail.com with the subject MM 2016 CONTEST QUESTION.

How Do I Enter?

1) Please click on the survey monkey link and it will take you to a page to fill your information.  This signs you up for the contest and we can provide your writing prompts for your audio drama.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FPFPZ6D

2) Please go the Master of the Macabre Facebook Group and ask to join.  Here is where Killion will conduct most of the communication with the contestants.

And that’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you and find out if YOU will become THE MASTER 2016!

 

 

 

Ghastly Games: Gloom

Posted in News with tags , , , on April 28, 2016 by Emerian Rich

 

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On episode #125, hear our resident Ghastly Gamer, Chantal Noordeloos talk about Gloom.

1250In the Gloom card game, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes. The goal of the game is sad, but simple: you want your characters to suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death. Play horrible mishaps like Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets on your own characters, while trying to cheer your opponents’ characters with marriages and other happy occasions.

gloomPrinted on transparent plastic cards, Gloom features an innovative design by Keith Baker. Multiple modifier cards can be played on top of the same character card; since the cards are transparent, elements from previously played modifier cards either show through or are obscured by those played above them. You’ll immediately and easily know the worth of every character, no matter how many modifiers they have. You’ve got to see (through) this game to believe it!

Find out more about this awesome  game on Episode #125, coming May 7th.

 

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